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2022-07-03
NEW HOUSING inspires Tiny House fans

The NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival underlines the great interest in the Tiny House living trend. From 1 to 3 July 2022, around 7,000 Tiny House enthusiasts - significantly more than expected - came together at Europe's largest Tiny House Festival at Messe Karlsruhe to experience the diversity and range of small, alternative forms of living. In a Tiny House village of 25 small houses on the open-air grounds of Messe Karlsruhe, they had the opportunity to network with each other and to find out and exchange information about life in the smallest of spaces from manufacturers, suppliers, do-it-yourselfers, clubs and associations. Food trucks and a bar also invited visitors to linger.

"The NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival pays outstanding tribute to the trend towards sustainable living and thus has a forward-looking effect, especially here in Karlsruhe. As organiser of the festival and at the same time as initiator of the Tiny House Association, we bring the community together and set an example for smart developments in the topics of building and living", says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

Project manager Frank Thieme adds: "Tiny Houses create high-quality living space on small areas that are not suitable for classic residential development, for example because they are only available temporarily. Here, the festival serves the trend of sustainable use of land to create living space and drives the development towards lower resource consumption and the use of innovative building materials."

Manufacturers of Tiny Houses met with interested parties

On the open-air grounds of Messe Karlsruhe, manufacturers were available to answer questions and pass on first-hand information to interested parties. Exhibitors from all over Germany were present, including market leaders as well as carpentry workshops and start-ups that have built up a second livelihood by building Tiny Houses.

Master carpenter Stephan Wöhltjen emphasises: "I am overwhelmed by the number of visitors and the wide range of visitors. On the one hand, we meet visitors who are starting from scratch. On the other hand, however, we also meet visitors who come here already interested and with a lot of prior knowledge, who ask specific questions and deepen their knowledge or enter into professional exchange with us. It is a very successful fair." Stefan Diekmann, Managing Director of Heinz Diekmann GmbH and an exhibitor from the very beginning, adds: "The development of the festival since 2018 has been positive. We have had many interested visitors. They inform themselves and then come to us in a few months when they find a suitable property and order a Tiny House."

Interior designer Bianca Gärtner from Tiny House Wohnträume was there for the first time in Karlsruhe with her start-up and is very satisfied: "We have some interested parties and one visitor will already come from Wiesbaden to us in Leer in East Frisia in the coming weeks to have a Tiny House individually planned for her."

For the first time, there were also exhibitors from other European countries, including Latvia, Poland and Belgium. Orhun Şimşek, Business Development Manager at Turkish exhibitor Mooble House says: "We are really happy to be here because we believe that this is the most important and significant trade fair for Tiny Houses in Europe. We have participated in many other fairs as exhibitors, but this is where all the companies and communities meet. It was really important for us to exhibit here because now we could get in touch with the end customers and get valuable feedback from them."

New in 2022, there was also an info mile in the entrance area of the fair with a variety of advice for future Tiny House residents as well as suppliers and outfitters. There, regional Tiny House associations and the Tiny House Association, among others, presented their work and were on hand to answer questions. Regina Schleyer, Chairwoman of the Board of the Tiny House Association, which structurally represents over 2,000 members in German-speaking countries, says: "The number of visitors is really overwhelming. There is a lot of interest, people are very open-minded and interested in the association. We succeeded in presenting what local offers are being developed in the associations nationwide. We are really very satisfied with the fair, a complete success."

Live and in colour: Tiny Houses convince visitors

The visitors came to Karlsruhe from all over Germany and beyond its borders to find out about small alternative forms of living. They particularly appreciated the opportunity to make personal contact with the manufacturers and to visit the Tiny Houses on site. The combination of a relaxed festival atmosphere with food trucks and a platform for exchange and networking was very well received by the visitors.

Angelika and Günter Geys from Wolfartsweier were satisfied with the range of products on offer at the fair: "We looked at almost all the houses and got helpful information. There are even two houses that we like very much. Now we're just looking for plots, then we'll make an appointment with manufacturers and stop just dreaming about it." Steffi Seibert from Unterelsbach in Lower Franconia adds: "We have already built a Tiny House and want to see what other possibilities there are here. We will definitely come again and recommend the festival to others." Anke Bruske from Berlin was particularly enthusiastic about the interior design of the Tiny Houses: "It was very interesting to see how the houses are furnished on the inside. There were many good ideas also for older people, such as lift beds."

Meeting place for the Tiny House community

The lecture programme at the festival complemented the exhibition and offered insights into successful self-building stories, topics such as self-sufficiency, sustainability and pitch search as well as informative literature. Topic-relevant lectures with experts passed on tips and tricks as well as experiences within the Tiny House community.

Among others, Tiny House architect Anne Kozlowski was present. She gave a lecture on the topic of Tiny House properties and what to consider: "I'm a fan of the fair, was already here three years ago and that also got the ball rolling for me. Since then, I have also worked for various Tiny House and apartment house manufacturers. The fair is a very good place to network, meet people, find like-minded people and, of course, get a lot of inspiration, talk to various manufacturers and simply immerse yourself in the world of Tiny Houses. It is a must-have for anyone who is thinking about living in a Tiny House." Speaker Katrin Pütz from (B)energy added: "All in all, a super event with many interested people who want to change something about their current living situation and live more sustainably."

Next year, Tiny Houses will again travel to Karlsruhe from all over Europe. The next NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival will take place from 30 June to 2 July 2023 at Messe Karlsruhe.

2022-06-24
Messe Karlsruhe becomes a festival for Tiny House fans

The countdown is on: From 1 to 3 July 2022, the Tiny House community will meet at the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival at Messe Karlsruhe to experience the diversity and range of small, alternative forms of living. At Europe's largest Tiny House Festival, fans of alternative forms of living and those interested will have the opportunity to network with each other and to find out and exchange information about life in the smallest of spaces from manufacturers, suppliers, self-builders, clubs and associations. Food trucks and a bar also invite visitors to linger.

"Whether it's a minimalist lifestyle, a retreat, a retirement home or a home office - the trend is towards small living. We are very pleased to be able to offer the Tiny House community a platform for meetings, exchange of experiences and networking in a relaxed festival atmosphere," says Frank Thieme, project manager of NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival. "We invite all Tiny House fans to visit the tiny houses and talk to manufacturers and residents."

Tiny House Village with around 30 houses to visit

A Tiny House Village with around 30 different Tiny Houses will be set up on the open-air grounds of Messe Karlsruhe, the landscaped atrium in the middle of the four exhibition halls and the area between Halls 1 and 2, which will be open to visitors. Manufacturers will be available to answer questions and pass on first-hand information to interested visitors. Exhibitors from all over Germany will be there, including the joinery Wöhltjen from Achim in Lower Saxony, Tiny House Wohnträume from Leer, Heinz Diekmann from Hamm and tydomo from Cologne. For the first time, there will also be exhibitors from other European countries, including GOATHE SIA Jaunpuntuzi from Latvia, Aurora Company from Poland and Mooble House from Turkey.

New in 2022 will also be the Infomeile in the entrance area of the fair with a variety of advisory services for interested visitors and future residents. Among others, Tiny House associations and the Tiny House Association, of which Messe Karlsruhe is a founding member, will present their work there and actively assist with questions.

Varied lecture programme provides first-hand information

What do you need to know about the Tiny House project? What help is there with regard to financing and floor space? What is life in a Tiny House really like? And what motivates other community members to take this step? The lecture programme at the festival complements the exhibition and offers insights into successful self-build stories, topics such as self-sufficiency, sustainability and the search for a pitch, as well as informative literature.

Topic-relevant lectures with experts will pass on tips and tricks as well as experiences within the Tiny House community.

Among others, Kevin Rechsteiner, author of "Tiny House - Das große Handbuch", will give an introduction to the trendy topic and tell the story of the origins of the Tiny House movement in Europe. Dennis Czekalla, Berghaus, will answer the question of what it takes to be happy in a Tiny House and the Tiny House consultancy IndiViva from Schorndorf will address the possibilities of acquiring land for mobile houses, sustainability through longevity and go into the basics of land ownership.

Fredi Ozarem and Jana Lehman from the TinyEcoVillage initiative will show how Tiny Houses can be lived in collectively. Architect Mike Rissler and Argra engineer Katrin Pütz will discuss the Solidarity Building Industry (SoBaWi) and the mini-biogas plant as a component for Tiny Houses. In addition, Stefan Diekmann tells the success story of the first Tiny House Hotel in North Rhine-Westphalia PIER 9.

Relaxed festival atmosphere with food trucks invites you to stay a while

Various food trucks in the open air also invite visitors to linger. Street Cookery's takes visitors on a pleasure trip to India with their fresh curries. Leftovercooking's food truck has various vegetarian bowls in store. Classic bratwurst in a roll and chips are also available from showman Krusig. Fluidum will provide visitors with cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. Popice will provide a sweet conclusion or refreshment in between with their handmade ice cream on a stick.

The Media Lounge offers a place to read and inform. Media partners present themselves there and offer their magazines to take away free of charge.

2022-06-08
The dream of owning a small home - individual and flexible

Europe's largest Tiny House Festival will take place from 01 to 03 July 2022 at Messe Karlsruhe. Tiny House fans will meet here to discover the diversity of this small form of living. The NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival will be accompanied by a varied programme of lectures. The exhibitors will show how every visitor can fulfil his or her dream of owning a tiny home.

Credit: Heinz Diekmann GmbH

Flexible living modules for every living situation

From shell to turnkey, Heinz Diekmann GmbH builds high-quality Tiny Houses in timber frame construction on car trailers. The conscious renunciation of anything superfluous creates more possibilities. The houses are mobile and can be individually designed. On offer are small self-sufficient holiday homes through to double houses with planning permission. "The Tiny House Festival in Karlsruhe is the meeting place for all Tiny House fans, manufacturers and supporters in Germany and neighbouring countries. As an industry meeting place for exchange and networking, an information exchange for the curious and a showroom for new products, the festival has firmly established itself in the Tiny House scene'', Heinz Diekmann GmbH is pleased to say.

Credit: Wöhltjen

"We don't just build furniture, we also build the whole house".

As an ideal complement to their furniture carpentry, Wöhltjen has also been building Tiny Houses since 2015. The mini houses are offered on wheels and also as small modular houses up to 50sqm. The traditional handicraft business attaches great importance to high-quality materials and production in Germany according to ecological standards. With the construction of a Tiny House, Wöhltjen enables sustainable and environmentally conscious living in nature or in the middle of the city and presents this at this year's NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival.

Credit: Aurora

Living in the place of your choice

Aurora Company from Poland wants to enable customers to live wherever they want. The houses are offered on specially adapted trailers that can be placed anywhere. The Tiny Houses are deliberately designed to replace a comfortable flat. They are delivered to any location across Europe, depending on needs and budget - from unfurnished to fully equipped houses.

Credit: Tiny House Studios

Reducing the ecological footprint

NEW HOUSING exhibitor Tinyhouse Studios is excited by the idea of reducing oneself materially, but still living comfortably in a home of one's own. Because living space becomes more affordable and the ecological footprint is reduced. And because Tiny Houses are a modern and exciting new form of living, which is a valuable addition to the spectrum of the real estate world. Master carpenter and certified designer Simon Hatzing and his team build modern Tiny Houses of the highest quality. They attach great importance to individuality, comfort, well thought-out design and environmentally conscious materials.

Credit: Tiny House und Wohnmobile GmbH

Sustainable living

At Tiny House und Wohnmobile GmbH from Wenzenbach, special emphasis is placed on quality and precision. With their Tiny Houses, they offer a high level of comfort as well as an excellent living experience. At the same time, the company pays attention to sustainable aspects when building the tiny houses: If desired, they can be equipped with a photovoltaic system during production. The possibility of connecting a precisely coordinated air-conditioning system is also already integrated into the shell.

Linking Tiny House developers and people interested in living there

Tiny Houses can be the solution for many communities when it comes to the interim use of land, the creation of social housing and the promotion of ecological solutions. VILCOMO are a kind of general planner, developer and manager for communities. The company uses the versatility of Tiny Houses to give communities the opportunity to complement local structures and create housing for a certain period of time. "The Tiny House Festival is a wonderful opportunity to discover the versatility but also the quality of Tiny Houses. VILCOMO is the first and so far only company that sees itself as an interface between all parties involved. We connect the communities with people interested in living and the Tiny House developers", says Fabian Müller from VILCOMO. "That is what Tiny Houses are all about. Working together on something and creating a sustainable solution with and for everyone."

Tiny Smart Home

Tiny houses express a way of life with a lower ecological fingerprint. They are versatile in use, individual in design and flexible in location. The Tiny Houses from TINY-HOUSE-WORLD.de, a brand of Projekta-SEN GmbH, can be built with building permission and are also street-legal. They are individually planned and manufactured according to the customer's wishes and feature a complete range of sophisticated technical equipment, including a SmartHome solution. If desired, the customer can also build his own Tiny House.

2022-05-10
Small living, big happiness

From 1 to 3 July 2022, the Tiny House community will meet at the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival at Messe Karlsruhe. A Tiny House village consisting of more than twenty houses, which can be visited, will be created in the green atrium, the outdoor area of Messe Karlsruhe. The exhibitors will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about tiny houses. The range of exhibitors will be supplemented by a varied programme of lectures and workshops on the subject of Tiny Houses. NEW HOUSING thus offers a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with manufacturers, suppliers, associations and even Tiny House residents. We give you an overview of the exhibitors' offerings.

A secure foundation for living on wheels

Based on decades of experience, the experts from AL-KO have developed a chassis for Tiny Houses, which they will present to visitors at the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival. The AL-KO chassis allows different body lengths and individual superstructures. The hot-dip galvanised chassis and the multi-stage testing process of the AL-KO Chassis is durable and brings with it the highest level of safety.

More freedom through fewer obligations

True to the vision that everyone can fulfil the dream of their own four walls, NEW HOUSING exhibitor TINY HOMELAND creates more quality of life through intelligent use of living space. Sustainable living in a small space provides time and freedom through fewer obligations. The two compact mini-homes presented at the fair are suitable as permanent homes, for holidays and for daily rentals. TINY HOMELAND's compact modular houses meet new construction standards and are also suitable for main residence permits. According to TINY HOMELAND, NEW HOUSING is ''the meeting place'' for lovers of small living."

The aspen shingle façade of the Tiny House by GOAHTE blends perfectly into any natural landscape. (Credit: GOAHTE)
The aspen shingle façade of the Tiny House by GOAHTE blends perfectly into any natural landscape. (Credit: GOAHTE)

Traditionally from the peoples of the north.

GOAHTE builds portable houses and saunas using natural materials, state-of-the-art technology and beautiful design. The construction method is based on the traditional dwellings of the peoples of the North. The aspen shingle façade blends perfectly into any natural landscape. The buildings of the Finnish manufacturer are suitable for placement in nature reserves, as the flat ground and the low weight do not exert much pressure on the subsoil. GOAHTE is very much looking forward to the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival and can hardly wait to make new friends and partnerships.

The Tiny Houses by the exhibitorTiny House Factory are characterised by the multi-flamed Japanese cedar wood. (Credit: Tiny House Factory)
The Tiny Houses by the exhibitorTiny House Factory are characterised by the multi-flamed Japanese cedar wood. (Credit: Tiny House Factory)

Back to the roots

Tiny Houses in self-sufficient construction made of multi-flamed Japanese cedar wood and on wheels can be discovered at the exhibitor Tiny House Factory. The mini houses are sold, rented, leased and made available for holidays. Minimalist living but with maximum comfort and with sustainability in mind: the mobile Tiny Houses illustrate how little you need to be happy.

WiNZiG Wohnen's mini houses are planned by architects who pay great attention to functionality and design. (Credit: WiNZiG Wohnen)
WiNZiG Wohnen's mini houses are planned by architects who pay great attention to functionality and design. (Credit: WiNZiG Wohnen)

WiNZiG Living

Trade fair construction had been at a standstill for almost two years, so boss Matthias Thoben of Engelmann-Messebau thought he should invest the great skills of his carpenters, architects and civil engineers in a second mainstay: The construction of Tiny Houses. This idea has since become a project of the heart for the team, as Tiny Houses are now a fast-growing and sustainable trend topic. WiNZiG Wohnen's mini houses are planned by architects who pay great attention to functionality and design. The production and manufacturing by the carpenters takes place exclusively in Germany. As a start-up, WiNZig Wohnen is participating in the Tiny House Festival for the first time and is looking forward to meeting new people from the industry, exchanging ideas and having exciting conversations with the visitors on site.

2022-03-09
Sustainable, mobile, informative - The festival for Tiny House fans!
A Tiny House village with more than twenty different Tiny Houses is being created on the open-air grounds of Messe Karlsruhe, the landscaped atrium in the middle of the four exhibition halls. (Credit: Messe Karlsruhe/ Jürgen Rösner)
A Tiny House village with more than twenty different Tiny Houses is being created on the open-air grounds of Messe Karlsruhe, the landscaped atrium in the middle of the four exhibition halls. (Credit: Messe Karlsruhe/ Jürgen Rösner)

Whether it's a minimalist lifestyle, a retreat, a retirement home or a home office - the trend is towards smaller living and Tiny Houses are becoming increasingly popular. From 1 to 3 July 2022, the Tiny House community will meet at the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival at Messe Karlsruhe to experience the diversity and range of small, alternative forms of living. At Europe's largest Tiny House Festival, fans of alternative forms of living and those interested will have the opportunity to network with each other and to find out and exchange information about life in the smallest of spaces from manufacturers, suppliers, self-builders, clubs and associations.

"After a break of three years due to the pandemic, we are very pleased to finally be able to offer the Tiny House community a platform for live encounters again. With us, information and personal experiences can be exchanged in a relaxed festival atmosphere. The special thing about it: More than twenty Tiny Houses can be visited live to get even closer to the dream of owning your own little home," says Frank Thieme, project manager of the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival.

Manufacturers of tin houses will be available to answer questions and pass on first-hand information to interested parties. (Credit: Messe Karlsruhe/ Jürgen Rösner)
Manufacturers of tin houses will be available to answer questions and pass on first-hand information to interested parties. (Credit: Messe Karlsruhe/ Jürgen Rösner)

Tiny House Village with more than twenty houses

A Tiny House Village with more than twenty different Tiny Houses, which can be visited, is being created on the open-air grounds of Messe Karlsruhe, the green atrium in the middle of the four exhibition halls. Manufacturers will be on hand to answer questions and pass on first-hand information to interested visitors. Exhibitors from all over Germany will be there, including Schwörer Haus, the German Tiny House Manufacture and Heinz Dieckmann. For the first time, there will also be exhibitors from other European countries, including GOATHE SIA Jaunpuntuzi from Latvia and Aurora Company from Poland. "The NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival is a great and important event where you can network and exchange ideas," say Don Ehrenbrink & Stephan Wöhltjen from Konzept Tischlerei Wöhltjen. They will present their Tiny House on Wheels and modular buildings at the festival.

First-hand information in a relaxed festival atmosphere

Topic-relevant lectures with experts from the community will pass on tips and tricks on the construction of Tiny Houses, minimalist living or building law issues to the visitors. "Above all, the desire for personal exchange and relaxed networking has increased in the Tiny House community in recent months. Our festival in the open air and in the countryside is the ideal place for a relaxed exchange with like-minded people. Visitors will find the right people to talk to about their minimalist, alternative lifestyle," says Thieme. Another new feature in 2022 will be the exhibition in the entrance area of the fair. There, Tiny House associations and the Tiny House Association, of which Messe Karlsruhe is a founding member, will present their work and be on hand to answer questions.

Various food trucks and a bar on the open-air site also invite visitors to linger. The Media Lounge offers a place to read and inform yourself. Media partners present themselves there and offer their magazines to take away free of charge.

2021-04-29
NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival will not take place again until 2022
new Date

The NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival cannot take place this year. Due to the lack of opening prospects for the trade fair and event sector and the associated lack of planning security, Messe Karlsruhe has decided to cancel Europe's largest Tiny House Festival. The next NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival will now take place at Messe Karlsruhe from 01 to 03 July 2022.

Managing Director Britta Wirtz explains the decision: "A festival requires several months of preparation. Despite permanently further developed corona protection concepts that can be adapted to the current situation, there are still no sufficiently concrete opening perspectives for the industry that now offer our customers, partners and colleagues the planning security they need for July 2021." The NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival can therefore not take place again until 2022.

"Of course, we will remain in constant contact with the Tiny House community until the festival in July 2022" says Frank Thieme, Project Manager of the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival. "As a founding member, we will continue to be in close exchange with Germany's first Tiny House Association. We continuously inform our exhibitors, visitors and partners via our social networks and in personal conversations. To enrich the Tiny House industry with networking and exchange of experiences until our next event, we are also currently working on possible community formats."

Already in 2020, the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival had to be postponed by one year due to the pandemic situation. The festival was now scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 July 2021 at the Messe Karlsruhe. All tickets already purchased, which remained valid from the previous year, will be refunded. Details on the ticket refund and further information on the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival are available online at www.new-housing.de.

2020-11-18
NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival moves to July
Consultation at the Tiny House
Consultation at the Tiny House at the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival. Karlsruhe Trade Fair/Jürgen Rösner

Europe's largest Tiny House Festival will now take place two weeks later from 2 to 4 July 2021 at Messe Karlsruhe.

The current course of the Corona pandemic as well as the drastic measures for public life that the federal states put into effect at the beginning of November are the reason why Messe Karlsruhe has rescheduled its event portfolio with foresight. "In consultation with exhibitors, sponsors, advisory boards and associations, we looked for dates in our calendar that fit the respective event in the market environment and are accepted by the industry," explains Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

Overview into the atrium of the fair
View into the atrium of the trade fair during the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Project manager Frank Thieme on the date adjustment: "We hope that the July date will be an even better starting point in view of the current situation. A large part of our festival takes place outdoors. Therefore, the slightly later summer date with presumably lower infection figures and good weather forecasts can only make us look positively at the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival 2021." The event, which is extremely popular with the Tiny House community, had been postponed to a June date next year at the end of March due to the spread of the Corona virus. The show was originally scheduled to take place from 19 to 21 June 2020.

Tickets purchased by visitors for the Tiny House Festival will remain valid for the 2021 event.

NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival

Europe's largest Tiny House Festival shows the diversity of the alternative living trend. Those interested in Tiny Houses can visit and order more than 20 different Tiny Houses. In lectures and workshops, visitors will learn everything about living in a Tiny House. The community meeting offers manufacturers, outfitters, self-builders, associations and fans of mobile houses the opportunity to network and exchange ideas.

2020-06-15
New date set for NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival
The NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival, which was postponed due to the Corona pandemic, will now take place from 18 to 20 June 2021 on the grounds of Messe Karlsruhe. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
The NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival, which was postponed due to the Corona pandemic, will now take place from 18 to 20 June 2021 on the grounds of Messe Karlsruhe. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Europe's largest Tiny House Festival had been postponed at the end of March due to the spread of the corona virus and was originally scheduled to take place from 19 to 21 June 2020.

"We are pleased that a new date for the fair has been set and that we will be able to welcome all participants to Karlsruhe next year. Our goal is to create a successful event, namely Europe's largest festival for new living in Tiny Houses. By communicating the new event date early on, we want to give exhibitors, partners and visitors planning security," emphasises Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

Tickets purchased by visitors for the Tiny House Festival will remain valid for the 2021 event.

2020-03-30
NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival 2020 postponed
Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
It is therefore with great regret that we and our partners have today agreed to postpone the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival", says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Due to the dynamic spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), Messe Karlsruhe has decided to move the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival to late spring 2021. "For us, the personal well-being of our exhibitors, speakers, visitors and staff comes first. It is therefore with great regret that we have agreed today, together with our partners, to postpone the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival", says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

It is very important to Messe Karlsruhe to provide early information about the postponement of the event, which would actually have taken place from 19 to 21 June 2020. This is to prevent any damage to the participants of the festival.

In recent weeks, Messe Karlsruhe has received an increasing number of enquiries from concerned exhibitors and visitors who, in order to protect their health, would like to refrain from participating in June 2020 due to the Corona pandemic. Currently, the number of people infected with the corona virus (Covid-19) continues to rise exponentially. Drastic measures have been taken to stop the further spread of the coronavirus. Whether and when these measures will have an effect is currently not foreseeable. It is also unclear how long the massive restrictions on public life and work will remain in place.

The new event date in spring 2021 will be announced as soon as possible. Messe Karlsruhe will provide information on all current developments on the event website new-housing.de and on the social media channels Facebook facebook.com/NewHousing.Karlsruhe and Instagram instagram.com/new_housing_karlsruhe.

NEW HOUSING – Tiny House Festival

Europas größtes Tiny House Festival zeigt die Vielfalt des alternativen Wohntrends. Tiny House-Interessierte können über 20 verschiedene Tiny Houses besichtigen und bestellen. In Vorträgen und Workshops erfahren die Besucher alles rund um das Leben im Tiny House. Das Community-Treffen bietet Herstellern, Ausstattern, Selbstbauern, Vereinen sowie Fans der mobilen Häuser die Möglichkeit sich untereinander zu vernetzen und auszutauschen.

2020-02-28
NEW HOUSING 2020: Europe's largest Tiny House Festival at Messe Karlsruhe
Interested visitors will be able to see over 20 different Tiny Houses at Messe Karlsruhe from 19 to 21 June 2020. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
Interested visitors will be able to see over 20 different Tiny Houses at Messe Karlsruhe from 19 to 21 June 2020. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Europe's largest Tiny House Festival will showcase the entire diversity of the alternative living trend from 19 to 21 June 2020 at Messe Karlsruhe. For the third time, interested visitors will be able to view over 20 different Tiny Houses and choose a model. The fair also offers a platform for networking and exchange within the Tiny House community. The atrium of the exhibition grounds serves as an exhibition space for the mobile houses and offers the perfect festival atmosphere with food trucks and lounges.

Newcomers and established exhibitors show range of Tiny Houses

The NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival will welcome some new exhibitors in 2020. Among others, the carpentry Stefan Giesen, carpentry Mayer and the concept carpentry Wöhltjen will participate for the first time. Stephan Wöhltjen specialises above all in the construction of small transportable guest houses ("Tiny Guest House"). AL-KO Fahrzeugtechnik is also exhibiting for the first time at the Tiny House Festival and is presenting chassis as the foundation for different variants of Tiny Houses. The chassis have a modular frame concept and thus enable different body lengths and individual superstructures. Wikkelhouse shows that living "tiny" is not only possible on wheels. The Dutch company presents a Tiny House without a mobile base: the house, which is made of 24 layers of cardboard and clad in wood, can be extended at will and thus adapted for different phases of life. The whole range of different Tiny House designs will also be presented by 2020 by well-known Tiny House manufacturers such as Tiny House Diekmann. Konstruktion und Design c. kienel will also be taking part in the event, which is unique in Europe, for the second time and will be showing Tiny Houses with road approval as well as mini houses in log construction.

The atrium of the exhibition grounds serves as an exhibition space and provides the perfect festival atmosphere. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
The atrium of the exhibition grounds serves as an exhibition space and provides the perfect festival atmosphere. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Minimalist furniture for space-saving interior design

For the first time, the Tiny House Festival will also occupy the Action Hall, which is directly adjacent to the Tiny House Village in the Atrium of the Exhibition Centre. The exhibition "MINIMAX Furniture for a Tiny House" in cooperation with Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences will show functional furniture for small rooms and offer inspiration for the space-saving furnishing of one's own four Tiny House walls. Interested visitors can obtain information about mobile living from Tiny House associations from all over Germany as well as from the "Tiny House-Verband e.V." for the German-speaking region, which was newly founded at Messe Karlsruhe.

Lectures and workshops for more exchange on the Tiny House

Tiny House fans can look forward to an extensive programme of lectures. In lectures and workshops, visitors will learn everything about life in a Tiny House. They can meet Tiny House residents and self-builders and benefit from their knowledge. In addition, manufacturers, suppliers and consultancies will provide insights into their work and clarify the most important questions that arise before deciding to build a Tiny House. The experts will address both the legal framework and individual ideas about life in a Tiny House.

The community meeting at Messe Karlsruhe offers manufacturers, outfitters, self-builders, associations and fans of mobile houses the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. In addition, interested parties will find everything they need to build a Tiny House themselves.

2019-10-14
Tiny House Association founded for the German-speaking region
Founding members of the first Tiny House Association e. V. in the German-speaking world
Founding members of the Tiny House Verband e. V. (from left to right): Kay Stülpnagel (KMS Tiny House), Stephan Wöhltjen (Tiny-Guest-House), Frank Thieme (Project Manager of NEW Housing - Tiny House Festival of Messe Karlsruhe), Michael Heller (Tiny House Manufaktur), Britta Wirtz (Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe), Markus Berger (Bauwagenwerk), Regina Schleyer (Tiny House Verein Karlsruhe), Dieter Puhane (Tiny House Rheinau), Vera Lindenbauer (Tiny House Diekmann), Simon Hatzing (Tiny House Studios), Michael Schittenhelm (Probemi), Kai Stückmann (Probemi) and Stefan Diekmann (Tiny House Diekmann). Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Martin Wagenhan

The first association for the Tiny House community was founded on 12 October at the Messe Karlsruhe. The association "Tiny House Verband e. V." wants to establish itself as the mouthpiece of the Tiny House industry and in particular strengthen public relations for a relatively new form of housing. "For the foundation of a central association for the Tiny House industry, the Karlsruhe fairground is the perfect place, because this is where our NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival takes place every year. This platform has provided the meeting point for the community and thus laid the foundation for the association. As a market companion and supporter of the Tiny House scene, Messe Karlsruhe is also a founding member of the association," emphasises Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

The association's goals are to support local authorities, to establish an association platform and a network between the various Tiny House players. The association is interested in bringing together people interested in Tiny Houses with manufacturers as well as associations, consultants or providers of Tiny House-related services. "All basic information on the topic of Tiny Houses in German-speaking countries is to be bundled and communicated on the association's platform. In addition, our association will act as a contact point for politicians and local authorities," reports Regina Schleyer, chairwoman of the newly founded interest group.

The commitment to founding a central Tiny House organisation was very great. Together, the Tiny House experts worked out a constitution and elected the members of the board.

About the NEW HOUSING - Tiny House Festival

The festival, which is unique in Germany, will take place for the third time at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 19 to 21 June 2020 and will showcase the diversity of the alternative living trend. Manufacturers, architects, craftsmen and self-builders as well as fans of the mobile houses and the newly founded association will exchange ideas at the meeting of the Tiny House community. At the last edition of the festival in May 2019, more than 10,000 visitors gathered information from 20 Tiny House manufacturers.

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